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Fostering film in the running for Royal Television Society Award

A fostering film co-produced by 14 local authorities including Sandwell Children’s Trust has been shortlisted for a prestigious TV award.

The film has been recognised in the ‘Promotional Content’ category of the West Midlands Region Royal Television Awards for its film promoting fostering, produced by Spark Media.

The film, ‘Truth Be Told: A film about Fostering’ launched in March 2019. The film is a collaborative project by 14 local authorities across the West and East Midlands, looking at the true stories of two sets of children and their foster carers.  It briefly but honestly captures the highs and lows of fostering. Life with children and young people is always full of challenges, but for those who have been through difficult life situations, the complexities and needs can be even more intense.

The film explores the world of teenager Carl and his carer and two young sisters, Toni and Leah cared for by a same-sex couple. This small snapshot into their lives gives a hint of their history and the reality of being a foster carer. But more importantly it looks at the great connection, personal progress and depth of love that can come when supporting someone through adversity. The fostering story may begin with a hello, but that’s just the beginning of a rich, complex and ultimately rewarding journey.

Frances Craven Chief Executive of Sandwell Children’s Trust, said:

“I’m really proud that our film has been nominated for this award, it shows that we’re able to hold our own on the national stage.

“By working together and co-producing this film and other related projects we reach a wider audience and share our important message about the value of fostering.

“I wish the team good luck for the awards, but more importantly hope that our film inspires people to visit the website and consider a career fostering with us.”

This is the third film that the collective fostering services have produced to promote fostering and find new carers. While it features actors, the stories are those of real foster carers.

For more information about fostering with Sandwell visit or call us on 0800 358 0899. To see ‘Truth be Told’ go to

The winners will be announced at the Royal Television Society awards at the ICC in Birmingham on 29 November.


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